SBA meetings

Join an active community of veteran and novice beekeepers and listen to talks from a variety of experts.

Meetings are held at 7PM on the second Wednesday of every month and are open to the public.

Spring/Summer Location:
Steppingstone Farm Museum in Havre de Grace
461 Quaker Bottom Rd. Havre de Grace, MD 21078
Link to Farm Museum directions

Fall/Winter Location:
Harford Community College, Edgewood Hall, Room 132. Take Thomas Run road and go to the roundabout to entrance # 3 as you enter the campus Edgewood Hall will be the first building on your right. Parking is located on your left directly across from Edgewood Hall. Link to map and directions

Past meetings

March 10, 2021 7PM Zoom meeting

Dr. Sammy Ramsey: Varroa after the fat: Current research endeavors to fight the mite.

Dr. Sammy Ramsey is founder and director of the Ramsey Research Foundation, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Entomology from Cornell University in 2011, and focused his research on Predatory & Parasitic Insect Behavior. He cultivated an interest and expertise in the close relationships between insects and other creatures (symbioses), and dedicated his doctoral research to understanding a parasite killing honey bees globally (Varroa destructor). In Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp's Honey Bee lab at the University of Maryland, College Park he earned his doctorate. Dr. Sammy's award-winning research on Varroa destructor has changed the standing paradigm on how the parasite feeds upon, and ultimately kills, honey bees. His current work, aptly named the Fight the Mite Initiative, was funded largely by generous support from the beekeeping community in response to his work in rehabilitating the industry.

Upcoming Meetings:

Past Meetings (with links to notes, when available)

January 8, 2020 Allen Hayes What is involved in becoming an EAS Master beekeeper
February 12, 2020 Wayne Esasis Climate change and the Honey Bee
May 13, 2020 Cybil Preston Pests and disease
June 10, 2020 Monica Schmitt "Honey Show Ready" Preparing honey for competition
July 8, 2020 Panel discussion "Beyond Honey," value added products from the hive
August 12, 2020 Ray Walker Natural beekeeping overview
September 9, 2020 Panel discussion Preparing hives for winter
October 14, 2020 Ray Walker Technology in the hive
January 13, 2021 Stephan Repasky Single brood chamber management
February 10, 2021 Zac Lamas What can 100 bees and a queen tell us about the bee world? Using this new method to study viral transmission.